Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
The Flamingo Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, Calif., recently began notifying an undisclosed number of its employees that a virus was discovered on its payroll computer "which could have allowed a hacker to access personal information, such as your Social Security number, date of birth, home address, phone number and bank routing numbers (if you do direct deposit for your paychecks)."
"The Flamingo Resort and Spa is taking further measures to ensure this will not happen in the future," the resort's Christine Melton and Floriann Bynum wrote in the notification letter [PDF].
While no identity theft protection services are being offered to those affected, recipients of the notification letter are being advised to place fraud alerts on their credit files, and to check their credit reports for any accounts they didn't open, inquiries from creditors they didn't initiate, or personal information that isn't accurate.
"If you do find suspicious activity on your credit reports, call your local police or sheriff's office and file a police report of identity theft," the letter advises. "Get a copy of the police report. You may need to give copies of the police report to creditors to clear up your records."https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
Employees with questions are advised to call the resort at (800) 848-8300.